You can make a personal donation or donate as a gift on someone else’s behalf.
What does my donation do?
Mars Initiative is building a prize fund to encourage the first crewed trip to Mars. The trip will cost about $100/mile. Please help sponsor all or part of a mile by donating today.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! The Mars Initiative is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 45-2975438. All contributions are tax deductible.
How is my donation distributed?
100% of your donation will go to the cause you select:
Distribute across all programs: your donation is split between the three funds listed below in the ratio of 50% MPF, 40% Grant Programs, 10% Operations Fund.
Mars Prize Fund (MPF): The Mars Prize fund will be awarded to the first team to send a human to the surface of Mars. The MPF is crowdfunded and designed to accelerate the first mission by offsetting some of the cost. Donations of $100 or more to the Mars Prize fund will pay for an entire mile of the first crewed trip to Mars!
Grant Programs: Provides small grants to teachers and innovators. About $200 goes to individual K-12 educators around the world to buy supplies and help teach anything related to outer space. Innovators will receive a portion of an overall pot of donations.
Operations Fund: We are 100% run by volunteer power, but we do have some small expenses that need to be covered.
Additional Ways to Contribute
Choose from a variety of other convenient ways to donate regularly to the Mars Prize Fund, education microgrants, or space innovation grants. You can donate whenever you purchase from popular online stores, through PayPal, or even via cryptocurrencies!
To pay without payment processing fees, you can make a donation through PayPal. This only works for one-time donations directly from a PayPal Account.
eBay for Charity
Just like on Amazon, a portion of your purchase can be automatically donated to the Mars Initiative.
Bitcoin Cash BCH
Basic Attention Token (BAT)
The Mars Initiative accepts Basic Attention Token (BAT) donations via the Brave web browser’s rewards system. Brave is Chromium-based and privacy-optimized. Simply download Brave to start earning BAT and then follow the instructions on tipping creators and publishers to begin designating your BAT donations to Mars Initiative. You can make a one-time donation or set your tips to be monthly donations. Cryptotoken donations will be converted to a cryptocurrency of Mars Initiative’s choice.
100% of your cryptocurrency and cryptotoken donations will go to the Mars Prize Fund: The Mars Prize Fund will be awarded to the first team to send a human to the surface of Mars.
The Mars Initiative is committed to a “HODL” principle with cryptocurrency donations. This means The Mars Initiative will honor all donor intentions until the reward winner is determined and the funds are approved to be disbursed. At this point the recipient may choose how it wishes to dispense with the reward. All cryptocurrency assets are held in secure wallets using industry best practices for key management and security.
The Mars Initiative is also committed to supporting the latest developments in the cryptocurrency and Fintech space to support our mission. Please contact us if you wish to donate using a different cryptocurrency or if you would like to receive recognition for your donation. Donors may also use the following addresses with supporting wallets:
- ENS: marsinitiative.eth
- FIO: to@mars
- Unstoppable Domains: marsinitiative.crypto